Police find explosives at university

Last updated 02:03 19/03/2013

Relevant offers

Americas

Queenstown man Nick Cowan standing up for Standing Rock When Trump moves in: Shifting day at the White House Two toddlers die after steam burns in New York Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business BMW uses remote locking to trap car thief Time magazine names US President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year Two arrested after heavily armed men post 'Mannequin Challenge' to delight of cops Three officials from airline involved in Chapecoense tragedy arrested in Bolivia Family of Malaysia's Jho Low moves to protect New Zealand assets in 1MDB probe The annual salmon road crossing is underway in Washington, US

The University of Central Florida closed its main campus in Orlando while police investigated an apparent suicide and a number of improvised explosives found overnight in a residence hall, the school says.

Campus police received an emergency call "regarding a man with a gun" early Monday morning (local time), according to the school. When police arrived, they found the body of a male victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and closed the residence hall.

During the investigation, police discovered a handgun, an assault weapon and the explosive devices, the school said.

"Upon further examination of the student's room, (police) found weapons and a bag containing improvised explosive devices," said UCF spokesman Grant Heston.

At 2.09am, police sent students a text alert saying that the residential Tower 1 dorm - home to about 500 students - would be evacuated due to a "suspicious death".

Another text alert dispatched at 2.46am reassured residents that there was no threat.

"It was clear at that point that there was no imminent threat from a live shooter, which is the first thing you worry about," Heston said.

The Orange County Sheriff's bomb squad was on campus, and the FBI was assisting the UCF police department.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content